old·​en | \ ˈōl-dən How to pronounce olden (audio) \

Definition of olden

: of or relating to a bygone era

Examples of olden in a Sentence

What was life like in the olden days?
Recent Examples on the Web That’s changed over the last decade or so, but this 1940s property in Hither Hills is an authentic, and aesthetically wonderful, reminder of its olden days. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2021 The vast quantity of fruit produced in Greece proved overwhelming in olden times, when trade was slow or nonexistent. John Malathronas, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 In olden times, championship rings were exclusive jewelry. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2021 Prefer learning about the, ahem, saucier side of olden times? Stop in at Dolly’s House Museum (24 Creek St.) to learn about Ketchikan’s Prohibition-era red light district. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2020 David, Don Quixote lived in olden times, when people were very strict about the kind of stories that were allowed to be told. J. M. Coetzee, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 In olden times Chinese women celebrated Qixi with weaving, embroidering and paper-cutting. Wei Li, The Conversation, 11 Feb. 2020 In olden times, sailors used the frayed end of a rope dipped in saltwater. Michael E. Ruane, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2020 That myth also implies that the unions that emerged in those olden times are no longer necessary. David Scott Witwer, Quartz, 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of olden

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Olden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olden. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of olden

: of or relating to a time in the distant past


old·​en | \ ˈōl-dən How to pronounce olden (audio) \

Kids Definition of olden

: of an earlier period

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